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Mining Ethereum on Ubuntu 18.04 with GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

I am not a Linux expert, so it took me some time to configure my mining rig on Ubuntu 18.04 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, and I wrote down all the steps I did:

First I installed NVIDIA driver, but OpenCL did not install automatically with it and I installed it manually with the following command:

sudo apt install -y ocl-icd-libopencl1

Then I installed CURL:

sudo apt install -y libcurl3

not ‘curl’ and not ‘libcurl4’ packages, otherwise the miner will fail to start reporting the following error message:

./ethdcrminer64: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcurl.so.4: version `CURL_OPENSSL_3' not found (required by ./ethdcrminer64)

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ASUS H270M-PLUS Motherboard requires specific network driver for Windows 10.

Windows 10 does not find network driver for ASUS H270M-PLUS motherboard automatically and the driver supplied with the motherboard does not install showing the message “The Realtech network controller was not found. If deep sleep mode is enabled please plug the cable”. But there is some specific Intel(R) Ethernet Connection (2) I219-V driver that works fine:

It is no more possible to mine Ethereum using 3GB graphic card on Windows 10

I mistakenly believed that 3GB of video memory is enough for mining, while EthDcrMiner64.exe does not work with 3GB on Windows 10 and reports the following errors:

Setting DAG epoch #180 for GPU0
Create GPU buffer for GPU0
ETH: 04/08/18-06:19:23 – New job from eth-eu1.nanopool.org:9999
ETH – Total Speed: 0.000 Mh/s, Total Shares: 0, Rejected: 0, Time: 00:00
ETH: GPU0 0.000 Mh/s
CUDA error – cannot allocate big buffer for DAG. Check readme.txt for possible solutions.
ETH: 04/08/18-06:19:25 – New job from eth-eu1.nanopool.org:9999
ETH – Total Speed: 0.000 Mh/s, Total Shares: 0, Rejected: 0, Time: 00:00
ETH: GPU0 0.000 Mh/s
Setting DAG epoch #180 for GPU0
GPU 0, CUDA error 11 – cannot write buffer for DAG

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Setting up ASUS PRIME H270-PLUS motherboard for GPU mining

To make ASUS PRIME H270-PLUS motherboard work with 8 video cards the following BIOS options should be set:

  • Advanced\System Agent (SA) Configuration
    • Above 4G decoding [Disabled] -> [Enabled]
    • DMI/OPT Configuration\DMI Max Link Speed [Auto] -> [Gen1]
    • PEG Port Configuration\PCIEX16_1 Link Speed [Auto] -> [Gen1]
  • Advanced\PCH Configuration
    • PCI Express Configuration\PCIe Speed [Auto] -> [Gen1]
  • Advanced\APM Configuration
    • Restore AC Power Loss [Power Off]->[Last State]
  • Advanced\Onboard Devices Configuration
    • HD Audio Controller [Enabled]->[Disabled]
    • M.2_1 Configuration [Auto]->[PCIE]
    • M.2_2 Configuration [Auto]->[PCIE]

probably not all of these settings are strictly necessary, but at least I was able to connect 8 video cards GeoForce GTX 1060 with them:

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GeForce GTX 1060 does not trigger the boost state (Solved)

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphic card does not trigger its boost state when its GPU is loaded at 99-100% with NiceHash miner. Compare the values in the green rectangles:

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Fun with Bitcoin mining on a home Windows machine.

I have heard many times that there are a lot of Russian guys who build mining farms and earn money with cryptocurrencies. Who knows, probably cryptocurrencies are still only at the starting point of their growth, or probably it is too late to start mining, or as another alternative Russian government will forbid them, but anyway it was interesting for me, how much Bitcoins my home Windows computer with relatively old graphic card can mine.

I overclocked my GeForce GTX 750 graphics card a bit:

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